The Philadelphia Experiment From A-Z

The Philadelphia Experiment Timeline

This timeline was created to properly set the stage of events that transpired around, and during the Philadelphia Experiment.

With all the different sources of information available on the PX (over 65 books, videos, etc.) one begins to look at all the dates, and wonder if they all “jive?” This time line was created to give the reader an overall picture of events that took place. Keep in mind that all the events described in the time line are taken from various sources (of various quality,) and are as accurate as possible. Consider this a compilation of Historical Fact, Fantasy, Hope and maybe Hoax.

NOTES:

  • These are just little snippets of information attached to a date, please refer to specific topics in the menus for detailed information.
  • Dates of “JAN/01” are used when the event happened in that year but no exact date was given.
  • The numbers at the end of the text in {x} are reference numbers to the source, this table can be found on the left near the top of the timeline
  • There is NO dates giving by Alfred Bielek, Duncan Cameron, or Preston Nichols. All dates are the core original people involved in the Philadelphia Experiment, researchers, or historical fact.
1923
Jun 02

US Naval Research Laboratory Opened

US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) opened {7}

1930
Jan 01

T. Townsend Brown

T. Townsend Brown signed on with the NRL as a specialist in radiation, field physics, and spectroscopy. {1}

1932
Jan 01

T. Townsend Brown

T. Townsend Brown  participated as a staff physicist in the U. S. Navy Department’s International Gravity Expedition. {1}

1934
Jan 01

Tesla

Tesla claims to a New York Times reporter that he is working on a particle beam weapon that will “bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy air planes at a distance of 250 miles”. The report gains enormous amounts of publicity.

1939
Jan 01

T. Townsend Brown

Navy brought T. Townsend Brown into active service  to become the officer in charge of magnetic and acoustic mine sweeping research. {1}

Jan 01

Dr. Rinehart

Late in 1939 Dr. Rinehart / Franklin Reno (pseudonyms) recalls that it was probably von Neumann that presented the idea for the experiment to NDRC. {1}

1940
Jan 01

Albert Einstein

The withdrawn ‘complete’ version of Einstein’s UFT reappears {1}

Oct 20

Tesla

Proposing the “death ray” for defense – Philadelphia Inquirer Tesla states; “It is based on an entirely new principle of physics that nobody ever has dreamed of. It is different. from the principle. embodied in my inventions relating to the transmission of electrical power from a distance, for which I..Read More

1941
Sep 01

Project “Rainbow” Appears

A project named “Rainbow” appeared in the Inter-Services Code-Word Index. {1}

1942
Jan 01

Magician Joseph Dunninger

Joseph Dunninger a Magician (known as “The Amazing Dunninger”, was cited as one of the most famous and proficient mentalists of all time) submitted ideas on battleship invisibility to the U.S. Navy from a “magician’s point of view.” {1,5}

Jan 01

T. Townsend Brown

Townsend Brown is Radio Officer, Ship’s Service Officer and Educational Officer at Atlantic Fleet Radar School Norfolk, Virginia.

Feb 22

USS Eldridge DE-173

USS Eldridge DE-173 construction commenced Newark, NJ

Sep 07

S.S. Andrew Furuseth

S.S. Andrew Furuseth launched {1}

Sep 30

T. Townsend Brown

T. Townsend Brown resigns from Navy “to avoid court martial”

Jul 14

Carl Allen

Carl Allen worked odd jobs for the Marine Corps {1}

1943
Jan 07

Nikola Tesla

Tesla died of heart failure alone in room 3,327 of the New Yorker Hotel. Soon after his death Tesla’s safe was opened and all Tesla’s papers and other property were impounded by the United States Government. Dr. John G. Trump was the main government official who went over Tesla’s secret papers.  Trump..Read More

May 01

Morris Jessup

Morris K. Jessup went to work for the Government until some time in 1944. {15}

May 21

Carl Allen

Carl Allen discharged upon report of medical survey of disability at Charleston, South Carolina. {1}

May 23

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein signed a consultant’s contract with the R&D Division of the U.S. Navy. This was extended until June 30th, 1946.  {8}

Jun 25

USS Eldridge DE-173 Launched

USS Eldridge DE-173 launched according to the Greek records, a full 30 days earlier than the official history. {1}

Jul 01

Carl Allen

Carl Allen enlisted in the Merchant Marine, and attended Seamen’s Training School at Hoffman Island, NY. Shortly after assigned to the S.S. Andrew Furuseth {1}

Jul 24

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein met Naval Officers in his Princeton study.

Aug 13

Albert Einstein

Einstein wrote Gustav Bucky that he now had “closer relations with the Navy and the Office of Scientific Research and Development in Washington.” {11}

Aug 13

Albert Einstein

Einstein writes Lt. Stephen Brunauer / Navy Dept.  “…I have been asked by Dr. Vannevar Bush to accept an appointment as a consultant to Division 8 of the National Research Committee. I do not know whether this activity is compatible with my Navy appointment…” {17}

Aug 13

S.S. Andrew Furuseth

S.S. Andrew Furuseth sailed from New York, bound for Norfolk.

Aug 13

Carl Allen

Carl Allen spent the weekend in Philadelphia. “It does not appear that Allen was in Philadelphia in October 1943 either {The Eldridge was not there}; but he was there in August-coincidentally at about the same time that the Eldridge was supposedly at Newark awaiting orders to transfer to New York..Read More

Aug 16

S.S. Andrew Furuseth

S.S. Andrew Furuseth sailed from Norfolk bound for Casablanca, North Africa. First time Carl Allen was aboard ship{1}

Aug 17

USS Eldridge DE-173

USS Eldridge DE-173 left Newark, and sailed to Brooklyn NY. S.S. Andrew Furuseth and Eldridge could have been within visual distance of each other, off  New Jersey.{1}

Aug 20

Carl Allen

Carl Allen Received his Seaman’s Certificate of Identification

Aug 27

USS Eldridge DE-173

Eldridge commissioned at 12:05 – New York Navy Yard, Charles R. Hamilton USNR Commanding Officer. 14:15 the last of the guests left the Eldridge. {16}

Aug 28

USS Eldridge DE-173

USS Eldridge DE-173 Moored Starboard side to Pier F, Berth 16, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn NY. Receiving Fresh water, salt water, electricity, steam and telephone services. Ship being outfitted, with no ammunition an board. Moored till 00:04 October 1st. {16}

Sep 01

USS Eldridge DE-173

Eldridge shakedown and escort duties through to December 28.{16}

Oct 28

The Philadelphia Experiment

The Deadly Experiment with crew on board, executed between 17:05 and 17:20 hours. {1,5,6,7,9} (One of two possible dates given) “To the best of Allen’s recollection, the disappearance of the DE-173 occurred between 17:05 and 17:20 hours on, possibly, the 27th or, more likely, the 28th or 29th of October..Read More

Oct 28

USS Eldridge DE-173 (Logs)

00:00-04:00 Eldridge Still Moored Starboard side to Pier “J” Berth 17, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY. 06:30 Eldridge underway steering down the East River, down the New York Harbor. 08:05 Eldridge passed through the submarine net 08:20 Eldridge passed through the Chapel Hill Channel 08:45-16:05 Eldridge anchored in Loren..Read More

Nov 01

S.S. Andrew Furuseth

1943-Nov-01-Nov-07 The Furuseth and Eldridge could have been within visual distance of each other in the Atlantic.

Nov 20

USS Eldridge DE-173

Report filed by Eldridge commander stating its position just 200 miles off the coast of Casablanca, North Africa, and heading towards the U.S. {1}

Dec 01

T. Townsend Brown

T. Townsend Brown suffered a nervous collapse; the Navy sent him home to rest. {1,11}

Dec 21

BBC Radio

The BBC aired a radio series called “Brains Trust” which dealt with strange phenomena. The program featured a discussion with various people including a navel commander A.B. Campbell. Campbell told the story of the sailor walking through walls, etc. Note: this is only 55 days after the experiment is suggested..Read More

1944
Jan 30

Carl Allen

Carl Allen left the Furuseth to become a crewman on the S.S. Newton D. Baker. {1}

1945
Jan 01

Dissapearing Destroyer

Late 1945 A guard for classified audiovisual material saw film footage of a destroyer “disappear” and become invisible. {1}

Jan 01

Office of Research and Inventions

(NRL) transferred to Office of Research and Inventions (ORI)

May 01

CVS 36 Antietam

Captain Teague read a memo to his crew about the PX, this event was entered into the log of the Antietam. {1}

1946
Jun 17

USS Eldridge DE-173

Eldridge was decommissioned, but remained in reserve {1}

Aug 01

Office of Naval Research

Office of Naval Research (ONR) succeeded ORI

1947
May 01

Carl Allen

1947-May / Early Jun Carl Allen says he was a crew member of the SS Maylay, that was nearly capsized by the explosion of a UFO. {7}

Jul 07

Roswell UFO incident

On 8 July 1947 the Roswell Daily Record newspaper published a front page article with the headline “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region”, and the legend of America’s most famous brush with aliens was born. Today, many conspiracy theorists consider the so-called “Roswell incident” to be one..Read More

1951
Jan 01

Harry Euton

Early in 1951 Harry Euton while serving on the Gainard (DD-706) told a fellow ship mate of been part of a electronic camouflage experiment, where by accident or design optical invisibility was achieved. {18}

Jan 15

Eldridge Transferred to Greek Navy

Ceremony at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Massachusetts, transferring the ships to the Royal Hellenic Navy. Eldridge transferred to Greek Navy, and renamed the Léon (D 54)

1955
Jan 13

Morris K. Jessup

Mr. Jessup’s book :”The Case for the UFO” was completed, in the fall of 1955 Bantam released a paperback version. {15}

Apr 18

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein whose theories exploded and changed our ideas of how the universe works, died in Princeton, N.J. of heart failure at the age of 76.

Jul 01

The Case for the UFO’s

An annotated version of Mr. Jessup’s book “The Case for the UFO’s” was mailed to the Office of Naval Research, with a mysterious “HAPPY EASTER” written on the envelope. {9}

1956
Jan 01

Carl Allen

Carl Allen says in late 1956 the experiments were discontinued {6}

Jan 13

Carl Allen’s Letters

Carl Allen’s first (second) letter received by Mr. Jessup {1,9}

May 25

Carl Allen’s Letters

Carl Allen’s second (third) letter received by Mr. Jessup {1,9}

Jul 01

The Varo Edition

Mr. Jessup was invited to the Office of Naval Research where he was given an annotated copy of his own book “The Case for the UFO” which has become known as the “Varo Edition.” Some of the mysterious notations referenced an invisibility experiment in 1943. {7}

1958
Jan 01

Dr. Ivan Sanderson

Mr. Jessup turned over his information to Dr. Ivan Sanderson in NY, for safekeeping. {7}

Oct 01

NASA Formed

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) was formed, and the Vanguard project team and other employees from the Naval Research Laboratory were transferred to NASA.

1959
Jan 01

Dr. J. Manson Valentine

Mr. Jessup told Dr. J. Manson Valentine that he had reached definite conclusions about the series of events surrounding the PX.

Apr 01

Long John Nebel

Mr. Jessup sent a long and depressing letter / suicide note to his friend Long John Nebel. {1}

Apr 20

Dr. J. Manson Valentine

Dr. Valentine suggested that he come to dinner. The invitation was for the evening of April 20

Apr 20

Morris Jessup

Jessup was found Dead on April 20, 1959, at 6:30 PM in Matheson’s Hammock Park, Dade County, Florida.  He was in his 1958 white Chevy station wagon behind the wheel. Cause of death:“Acute carbon monoxide intoxication / Deceased inhaled auto exhaust.” No notes or manuscripts of any kind were ever..Read More

1960
Jan 01

HNS Leon D54

Eldridge Serving in the Greek Navy as the HNS Leon D54, 1960

1962
Jan 01

Dr. Reilly H. Crabb

Dr. Reilly H. Crabb First published Carl Allen’s letters to Morris Jessup. {1}

1967
Jun 28

Jacques Vallee

Carl Allen’s first letter received by Jacques Vallee. {7}

1969
Jan 01

Carl Allen

Carl Allen visited the Varo corporation, and demanded a copy of “His Book” The Varo Edition, and a small sum of money. {1}

Jun 01

Carl Allen

Carl Allen’s confession to the Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization (A.P.R.O.) the he was the one that wrote all three sets of comments in the Varo Edition. {1}

1977
Jan 01

Carl Allen

One of the few color pictures of Carl Allen aka Carlos Miguel Allende, 1977 (from the Gray Barker Collection, Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library)

1978
Mar 30

Carl Allen

In a letter to his parents Carl Allen omits writing all three sets of annotations in the varo edition {14}

1979
Jul 10

Robert Goerman

Robert Goerman visited Carl Allen’s family, and viewed many original documents and letters from Carl to his parents.

Aug 02

Robert Goerman

Receives a letter from Carl Allen stating that there was an still is two DE-173’s outfitted with the experimental equipment. {14}

Dec 20

Carl Allen

Carl Allen sent his parents a annotated version of “The Philadelphia Experiment” Book. Stating that he was wrong and it was not the DE-173 but actually the DE-168 {14}

1980
Apr 12

Carl Allen

Easter Greeting Card From Carl Allen to his Parents where he talks about the Navy Ships Teleportation Event

1983
Jan 01

Carl Allen

Carl Allen was interviewed by Linda Strand in Boulder, Colorado {7}

1984
Aug 03

The Philadelphia Experiment Movie

“The Philadelphia Experiment” Science Fiction move is Premeres in Theaters

1986
Aug 22

Carl Allen

Carlos Allende’s “death bed statement” is “THE NEWS of Colorado Centennial Country” Published in Volume 2, Number 31, dated August 22nd, 1986, page 1 and page 8

1990
Jan 01

Leon D54

Léon (ex Eldridge) and Panthir entered the reserve service of the Greek Navy.

1994
Mar 05

Carl Allen

Carl died on Saturday, March 5th, 1994 at the age of 68 in Centennial Heath Care Center, Greeley CO. His obituary appeared a few days later in the Greeley Tribune.

1999
Oct 22

Would You Like To Purchase The Eldridge?

I (Andrew Hochheimer) received a UPS Worldwide Express Envelope marked Urgent. It was from a scrap metal Trading Corporation in Pirae Greece the letter states; “Subject: ex. USS ELDRIDGE We have been informed of your interest for the abovementioned vessel. We have taken the liberty to write to you this..Read More

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Total Events Presently In The Timeline

Einstein Meeting With The Office Of Navel Research, 1943

Einstein Meeting With The Office Of Navel Research, 1943

USS Eldridge, 1944, Apr 25th

USS Eldridge (DE-173), 1944, Apr 25th

Reference Numbers

1. “The Philadelphia Experiment” by William L. Moore, Charles F. Berlitz
2. “The Bermuda Triangle” by Charles F. Berlitz
5. “Without A Trace” by Charles F. Berlitz
6. Carl Allen’s statements and letters to Mr. Jessup
7. “Revelations – Alien Contact and Human Deceptions” by Jacques Vallee
8. “Subtle is the Lord, The Science and Life of Albert Einstein,” by Abraham Pais
9. “Invisible Horizons: True Mysteries of the Sea” by Vincent H. Gaddis
10. “Prodigal Genius – The Life of Nikola Tesla” by John J. O’Neill
11. “Einstein – the Life and Times” by Ronald W. Clark
13. “Anatomy of a Hoax: The Philadelphia Experiment Fifty Years Later” by Jacques Vallee
14. “Alias Carlos Allende” by Robert A. Goerman
15. “The Philadelphia Experiment & Other UFO Conspiracies” by Brad Steiger
16. National Archives Microfilm Reel#NRS 1978-28
17. Written Letters
18. “The Philadelphia Experiment: An Update” by William L. Moore
19. “Philadelphia Experiment: Didn’t Happen Says Former Crew Members” – Philadelphia Inquirer Artical by Lacy McCrarey – March 26 1999

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